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Age: 19

Sex: Male

Indication: Elbow injury

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Case #2


Findings

  • Acute transverse olecranon fracture with 1.7 cm distraction
  • Elbow joint effusion


Diagnosis

  • Olecranon fracture

Sample Report

Acute transverse olecranon fracture with 1.7 cm distraction.

Radiocapitellar alignment is maintained.

Elbow joint effusion.


Discussion

  • The olecranon helps stabilize the elbow, primarily preventing anterior subluxation of the distal humerus
  • This particular type of olecranon fracture typically results from axial loading and requires internal fixation if there is substantial distraction (typically > 2 mm or evidence of instability on stress views)
  • When describing olecranon fractures, make sure to comment on degree of displacement and comminution. Also make sure to look for associated malalignment


Images

Olecranon fracture: postsurgical radiograph in this patient.

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